Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

Dr. Andrew Ford

Veterinarian

Why did you become a veterinarian?

At first, I didn’t want to be a veterinarian.  I wanted to be a paleontologist (dinosaur fossil hunter).  I was also 10 years old, and Jurassic Park had just come out in theatres.  A few years later, we got our first family dog, high energy, free-spirited Labrador named Chayse, who could not stay out of the water, especially while we were waterskiing.  We quickly formed a special bond.

At 15 years old, I job shadowed at my local veterinary clinic in Toronto and loved it.  I was sure I had ‘figured it out’; I was going to be a vet!  I began working at the clinic as kennel staff on weekends and during my summers with the goal of veterinary school at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

In 2010 I graduated from the OVC.  Since then, I have been fortunate to practice veterinary medicine across Canada in Labrador, Ontario, Alberta and now British Columbia.  Travels have taken me to volunteer my veterinary services in India, working with spitting camels and gentle elephants, then on to Thailand supporting stray dog and cat populations in need.  I have special interest in Dermatology, Internal Medicine, and Wellness Care.

My original drive to become a veterinarian, my fascination and connection with animals, has grown into a passion for helping both clients and patients receive quality care and support in a low-stress environment; while continually growing personally and professionally in the evolving world of veterinary medicine.

What is your goal with every patient visit?

With each patient visit, I hope to create a ‘down to Earth’ environment for both the client and patient.  With my clients, I aim to communicate openly and clearly about care options/treatment plans and work with their philosophical and financial positions to strive for what's best for the pet and family unit.  With my patients, I hope to have them see me as a friend; and not the scary bearded bald man with the white coat and needles ;).  I can often be found on the exam room floor, my fingers covered in cookie crumbs delivering therapeutic ear scratches!

Who makes up your family (pets and/or people)

Currently, I don’t live with any pets.  I’m the “vet without a pet”!  I miss it dearly, but my recreational lifestyle of backcountry multi-day treks and travel doesn’t lend itself at this point to pet ownership.  So instead, I latch onto my family's pets!

My brother Chris in Revelstoke has a handsome, intelligent Border Collie/ Husky named ‘Ronan’ who I trail run with when I visit and occasionally brush carpets worth of fur from his dense coat.  My sister Melissa has a petite Tabby named ‘Barb’ who was aptly named after she was found curled up like a kitten under my sister’s barbeque on a cold wet winter’s day in Tacoma, Washington.  Despite Barb’s futile protests, I often trim her nails when I visit.  My parents had a sweet 13-year-old Labrador named Kali, whom I recently helped them to say goodbye to after the progression of a rare form of cancer.  Kali loved spending time at our family cottage in Ontario, watching the sunset across the lake and eating the bottoms of everyone's bananas.

I look forward to meeting you and your furry family members!

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 604-526-0334. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telemedicine consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to your vehicle. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. Where possible, we will do our best to accommodate annual vaccinations; however, all other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency).

https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital